Change of Address: Poems, New and Selected

Overview

A selection of recent work as well as the best from thirteen volumes of poetry published across four decades, Change of Address highlights the magnitude and scope of David Slavitt's poetic achievement. Meditating on both the quotidian and the sublime and ranging from brilliant satire to tender elegy, this retrospective collection brings into sharp relief Slavitt's intelligence, strength of voice, and ease in varied poetic forms.
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Overview

A selection of recent work as well as the best from thirteen volumes of poetry published across four decades, Change of Address highlights the magnitude and scope of David Slavitt's poetic achievement. Meditating on both the quotidian and the sublime and ranging from brilliant satire to tender elegy, this retrospective collection brings into sharp relief Slavitt's intelligence, strength of voice, and ease in varied poetic forms.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807130032
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

avid R. Slavitt is a poet, novelist, story writer, essayist, editor, and translator who has published more than seventy books. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has taught at Temple University, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Bennington College.

avid R. Slavitt is a poet, novelist, story writer, essayist, editor, and translator who has published more than seventy books. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has taught at Temple University, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Bennington College.

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Table of Contents

Change of address 3
Kindertotenleid 7
Dust mites 9
Pussy cat, pussy cat 10
Intruder 11
Eden 12
Mars 13
Dying bird 14
Homage to catatonia 16
Sestina 18
Foliage 20
Death 21
Soul 22
The traitor bird 23
Colonial graveyard 24
Birthday poem 25
Crazy Delmore 26
Warning 31
Balloon 32
Nursery rhyme 37
Ride the high country 38
F. A. O. Schwarz 39
Elegy for Walter Stone 40
The lemmings 44
Grenade fishing 45
Tableau a la Rousseau 49
Sestina for the last week of March 50
Child's play 55
Weeding : Florida, January 57
Foreign body 61
Conquistador 62
Night creatures 63
A lament, for my wife 64
Cruising 65
Glass exhibit : old Sturbridge Village 66
Clam digging 67
Tough characters 68
Le Babouinisme 69
Intellectual women 70
Poster 73
In Poland, pigs 75
The vandal 76
Lobsters 77
Eczema 78
Going west 79
Glaucus 80
Courtyard 82
Walking the dog 84
Nudes 85
The animal act 87
Fairy tale 91
Big nose 92
Jacob 100
To his reader 102
Ramon Fernandez recollects 106
Agamemnon speaks 107
Museum piece 108
Last days at Delphi 110
Titanic 112
The elm 113
Ailanthus 114
Bloody murder 119
The whippets 121
Tambourine 125
Caution 127
Wilson's pen 128
The last dalmatian 130
Wading 132
Guts 134
Unveiling 135
Old photo 137
Henry Taylor shows me his parents' barn 141
Equinox 143
Solstice 147
Performance 148
Canaletto's ruin 150
Fizz 153
Satisfaction 154
Lummox 156
Plodders 157
Circus costumes 158
Used furniture 162
The wound 165
Monster dance 171
History of my ear 175
Ida 181
Crossroads 183
The penitent peters 185
Lullaby 187
Poems written on hotel stationery 189
Sentence 191
Tatiana, older 192
Authority 193
The gig 194
An extremely short history of China 196
Transatlantic flight 198
Cape Cod snapshot 199
Wonder rabbi 203
Rudiments 204
Desk set 206
The art of translation 214
The exigency of rhyme 215
As if 216
The emperor's rejoinder 218
The second murderer 219
Tryma 221
Domitian at Ostia 222
Height 225
The upas tree 226
The weight of the spirit 228
Privately owned 230
The valve 231
Airedales 232
A Zemerl for Rabbi Nachman 233
Angel of death 237
Culls 245
Two prophets 251
Cape Cod beach 255
Moses 256
Repetition 257
Falling from silence 258
Ink 259
Pen 260
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